Collections & Resources

Family History Collections department and Ayrshire Archives. If you are researching your ancestors or a local person of interest each department may be able to give you a different insight into that person’s life. The Centre has a spacious PC Room where digitised and microfilmed resources are accessed. The Research Room provides a comfortable space to consult local history and archive material. There is a small Coffee Room for refreshments and lockers are also available.

Some of the resources available at the Burns Monument Centre include -

• Census Returns 1841-1911

• Old Parish Registers 1553-1854

• Statutory Register -

Register of Births 1855-current

Register of Deaths 1855-current

Register of Divorces 1984-current

Register of Marriages 1855-current

Register of Correction, etc 1855-current

Register of Civil Partnerships 2005-current

• Wills and Testaments 1513-1901

• Historical archives relating to East Ayrshire, including –

     - Kirk Session records

     - Poor Relief records

     - Council records

     - Business records

     - Burial records

     - Valuation Rolls

• Monumental inscriptions for many cemeteries in Ayrshire

• Ayrshire newspapers from 1834

• Trade Directories

Our trained staff are on hand to help visitors wishing to trace their roots.


If you wish to trace your family tree and/or access Scotlands People please book a pc with Registration Services on: 01563 576695/6. If you wish to look at the archives please book an appointment with Ayrshire Archives,, on 01563 521819, email: If you are undertaking a general search on local and family history you can drop into the Local and Family History Department, where our staff will be on hand to assist, or you can phone them on 01563 553654.


If you are travelling from a distance it is advisable to contact the Centre in advance to discuss the reasons for your visit and to book time with a member of staff.